A man who dreamt he was killed by his son has been arrested after he allegedly stormed an orphanage, the Child’s Right and Rehabilitation Network, Children Center in Eket, Akwa Ibom State, with the intention of killing one of his two sons taking refuge there.
Edem Okon, 53, had allegedly dreamt his son stabbed him to death.
“Okon came with the sole aim of killing one of his two sons under our care. His reason, being a dream he had in which his six-year-old son, Elijah, purportedly came to stab him to death while he was sleeping in the night,” the head of CRARN, Sam Itauma, said.
Okon had allegedly gone to the orphanage and demanded that one of his sons go with him, Itauma, however, said the request was rejected because CRARN management was sceptical about his motives.
He later requested to take his children out to purchase items for them in a nearby store. When that too was rejected he became angry and charged at his son warning him not appear in his dreams with diabolical intent otherwise he would kill him.
The organization later discovered that the man had come to the orphanage with hidden bread laced with poison made from a local berry called, Esere or Calabar beans.
The organization called on the government at all level to intensify the campaign against witchcraft superstition which it said was the major cause of violence against vulnerable children and elderly people.